Staveley Head

Staveley Head

March 10, 2010 01:00 ET

Rise in Mobile Usage Leads to Bluetooth Suggestion

FLINT, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 10, 2010) - Despite tougher penalties introduced two years ago for mobile phone use by drivers the number of offenders has increased in the last year. In 2007 fines were doubled to sixty pounds and three points were put on an offender's licence.

A Department of Transport survey between September 2008 and November 2009 showed a 2.6% increase of mobile phone usage by van drivers, which is a rise of 18% from last years survey.

Dr. Nick Reed from the Transport Research Laboratory says.

"Your reaction time is likely to be slower, you're more likely to drift across into the adjacent lanes and you're less aware of what's going on around you.

"You're less likely to check the mirrors and know there are vehicles there, so you're at a much greater risk of having an accident."

It is hoped that a series of adverts by the government against using your mobile whilst driving will curb this trend. However, one area of major concern is that of mobile usage by couriers.

This has been highlighted by leading courier insurance broker Staveley Head, one of the fastest growing insurance brokers in the U.K. It is hoped that couriers will switch to using Bluetooth on rather than their handsets to reduce the risk of accident.

The best advice is to find a safe place to park and catch up with all answerphone messages, calls, texts, email, Twitter, Facebook or anything else from a position of safety with the engine off.

Staveley Head now employ over 40 expert insurance accounts handlers and with significant ongoing investment they are committed to driving down the cost of insurance without losing either quality or service.

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